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State Fire Marshal’s Office Relaunches “Academy on the Road” Training Program

YORK, Pennsylvania – Acting State Fire Commissioner Charles McGarvey announced that the Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) is reviving the Academy On the Road Training (AOTR) program in drills training today in York, Pennsylvania.

“Programs like Academy on the Road are extremely important to our office as we move beyond COVID-19 and refocus our resources on mission,” McGarvey said. “Proper training is key to achieving positive results and putting State Fire Academy courses in front of responders in their hometowns is an essential first step to improving accessibility.”

The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, located in Lewistown, administers the AOTR training programs for emergency services. These programs are taught by the Academy’s resident and assistant instructors free of charge (no tuition depending on budget) and are available to be taught at your location to fire/rescue organizations interested in these specialty courses. Depending on the course, material or transport costs may be required.

The academy provides qualified instructors and the necessary student materials to teach the course at your location. The participating fire department is responsible for:

  • Recruit a minimum of 24 qualified students meeting the course prerequisites
  • Provide their completed applications to the academy 15 days before the start of the course
  • Instructors, course materials and certificates will be issued by the academy to the sponsoring agency.

Agencies interested in scheduling AOTR courses for your area should contact the academy to request a course, select course dates, and discuss course logistics needs. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Fire Department by visiting OSFC online at, and like

MEDIA CONTACT: L. Paul Vezzetti – 717-651-2169; [email protected]

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